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Newsletter Issue 24 : April 1, 2009- April 30, 2009

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Rural electrification

Source: Project Monitor

It is a matter of shame for all of us that even after more than 6 decades of Independence, 63 per cent of all rural households in India do not have electricity and use kerosene for lighting.

Even for those rural areas, which are electrified, there is a tremendous shortage of power supply. Thus it is not uncommon for these areas to have 10-15 hours of blackouts and brownouts every day.

There is a shortfall of about 15,000-20,000 mw of electricity in the country and we require about 140,000 mw of additional capacity by 2010 with an estimated outlay of Rs 5,50,000 crore.

Because of tremendous shortage of electricity, industrial growth and general life in the country is seriously affected.

Moreover, with any problems in the national grid, rural areas are affected the most, since the state electricity boards provide urban areas with electricity on priority basis